On Tuesday the 15th of June activists from Leicester Friends of the Earth, Loughborough Friends of the Earth, the Shepshed Anti-incinerator Group (SAIG) and the Ellistown & Battleflat lobbied Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet meeting, to urge them to think again about plans for a giant incinerator to burn the County’s waste. Continue reading »

Residents of the Leicestershire village of Shepshed have formed a campaign group, known appropriately as the Shepshed Against Incinerator Group (SAIG). SAIG have launched a website at http://www.saigcampaign.co.uk/ and a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=170839581844&ref=ts.

Their website explains:

The Shepshed Against Incinerator Group (SAIG) was formed to campaign against the proposal to build a Waste Incinerator at Newhurst Quarry Shepshed. We believe that everyone has the right to breathe clean, fresh air, free from the toxins that would be emitted from an incinerator, should one be built. The emissions would eventually fall to earth contaminating soil and polluting the environment.

SAIG are asking supporters to sign their petition and to submit planning objections to Biffa’s application (Application Number: 2009/2497/02). Details of the application are available from the Leicestershire County Council website, and Leicestershire’s adopted Waste Core Strategy is also available.

Shepshed Town Council will be holding a hastily arranged and under-publicised public meeting about the incinerator at 7.00pm today (Wednesday 10th February 2010) at the Council offices on Charnwood Road, and Leicestershire County Council plan to hold a Public meeting to discuss Biffa’s incinerator plans on Monday evening 8th March 2010 at Shepshed High School, from 7pm.

Well, if you thought that the Summer of 2009 was gonna be a chance for waste campaigners to relax, think again… Continue reading »

Local environmental group welcome new waste facility and renew their call to scrap plans for a big new incinerator as a ground-breaking ceremony takes place to officially start work on a new rubbish-sorting plant. Continue reading »

The picturesque Leicester village of Ellistown is waking up to the threat of a waste incinerator being built on land purchased by Leicestershire County Council. It is a good job that, with the support and encouragement of UKWIN, local Ellistown and Battleflat Parish Councillors proactively formed the Ellistown Action Group. Also good news, there is already a meeting planning for tonight! And to top it off, “Earthmover” Keith Kondakor will be there to share his experience and knowledge! Continue reading »

UKWIN is happy to report that the anti-incineration campaigning efforts of UKWIN member Keith Kondakor have been recognised by Friends of the Earth, who have honoured Keith with their Earth Mover award for 2008. Continue reading »

Following a victorious local election result in the Parish of Ellistown and Battleflat last week, a local anti-incineration action group is to be formed. The group, tentatively named ‘The Ellistown Action Group’, hopes to pre-empt the selection of Coalville as the site for a 200,000 tpa waste incinerator for Leicestershire. Local campaigners have already scored a victory over landowners UKCoal, after UKCoal’s planning application to build warehouses was rejected, although UKCoal have now submitted a second application for their site.

The Ellestown Action Group are not the only anti-incineration campaigners working in the county. FoE Leicestershire and Leicestershire Anti-Incinerator Network (LAIN) have been successful in calling attention to another potential incinerator site, at Whetstone, Leicester.

Anyone wishing to support the Leicestershire anti-incineration campaigners can contact the UKWIN Coordinator

Extensive lobbying by Keith Kondakor and others has improved the situation somewhat. Leicestershire County Council restored its 58% recycling target to its Expression of Interest in PFI credits (they already recycle 46.5%). On that basis, the size of the proposed facility has been reduced by 6% (11,000 tonnes) to a still oversized 180,000 tonnes per annum.

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